The ethnic cleansing and genocide against the Muslim minority of Burma began in June 2012, slaughtering at least 250,000 and displacing/expelling many more. It's now almost 2015 and the bloodthirsty instincts of the majority, their government and political leaders show no signs of abating.
But why are the US and other Western nations so soft on the issue of violation of minority rights in Burma? Other than the usual attitude of downplaying the victimization of Muslims, there appears to be another reason as well - Burma's unexplored offshore oil and gas reserves. Not much drilling work has been done yet to confirm the magnitude of the natural resources but they're presumed to be comparatively small. Nonetheless, expectations are running high. The Economist in its article "Drilling in the Dark" writes "The outcome of the bidding for the 19 deep- and 11 shallow-water blocks is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the hydrocarbons industry. The competition attracted almost all the global giants, including Total, Shell, Statoil and Chevron."
How many more mass killers, marauders and racists will get through unscathed, unpunished and loaded with favors by tantalizing the West with the possibility of corporate gains?
Buddhist rioters burning Muslims homes (Source: The Guardian)
Also please read: Dirty fossil fuel secret behind Burma's democratic fairytale